Watch University Guides Kendra Grinnage (CLAS '10), Kyle Mihalcoe (CLAS '09), and Emily Whalen (CLAS '09) give a guided tour of Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda and Academical Village.
Rotunda Hours and Information:
The Rotunda is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The entrance is on the south (Lawn) side, lower level. For more information about visiting the Rotunda, please call 434-924-7969.
Historical tours are offered free of charge and meet daily at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. in the Rotunda’s Lower East Oval Room. During the academic school year, one hour tours are given by the University Guides and include both the Rotunda and the Academical Village. During the summer, the Rotunda Guards provide 30 minute tours of the Rotunda’s interior.
No reservations are required for smaller groups and groups of 15 or more may request a tour from the University Guide Service. Foreign language brochures are offered at the Rotunda and, with advance notice during the academic year, visitors may request a University Guide fluent in Spanish, German, or French. Rotunda tours are wheelchair accessible and interpreters for the hearing impaired are available with advance notice.
Admission tours are also available. Call 434-982-3200 for more information.
No historical tours will be offered on the following dates:
- December 8, 2012 - January 13, 2013
- January 21, 2013
- March 9-17, 2013
- May 1-19, 2013
The Rotunda is closed:
- December 22, 2012 - January 1, 2013
- May 19, 2013
Rotunda Reservations Update:
The current phase of Rotunda renovation work will continue through May 2013, and the timeline may be extended if any unexpected complications arise. Throughout the project, every effort will be made to keep the Rotunda open to the public.
Due to the ongoing construction work, the Dome Room of the Rotunda is not available for bookings prior to May 31, 2013. The Rotunda's other rooms are currently available for events, but please factor in the potential for noise and disruptions resulting from the renovation project.
We are currently accepting summer reservation requests (June 1, 2013 through August 26, 2013) for the Rotunda, including the Dome Room.
Rotunda reservation requests for Fall 2013 may be submitted for placement on a first-come, first-served waiting list. Once the timeline for the next phase of construction is set, these requests will be reviewed and confirmed pending the construction schedule and room availability.
Please continue to check this web site periodically for updates.
All events in the Rotunda must be sponsored by a student CIO, University department or foundation and meet the mission statement of the University.
For reservation information, please contact the Manager of Rotunda Operations, Michelle Oliva, at 434-924-1019, or fax 434-924-3817.
The Rotunda, PO Box 400305
(1826 University Avenue) Charlottesville, VA 22904